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Paint Panther Paint and Varnish Remover

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Paint Panther is a highly effective incredibly fast paint and varnish stripper to remove up to 6 layers of paint in 5 minutes from many types of coatings. Gel consistency ideal for vertical or awkward areas.

Paint panther is suitable for use on water, oil and solvent based paints, varnishes and lacquers and is quite possibly one of the best wood strippers and paint removers available.

Perfect for the removal of both Interior and exterior paints and varnishes.

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A traditional 'Gel' type varnish and paint stripper that effectively removes a wide range of interior and exterior oil, water and solvent based lacquers, varnishes and paints.

Read more about stripping paint and varnish from wood in our blog.


Paint Panther can be used both indoors and outdoors. Always ensure suitable ventilation and apply to an appropriate test area to check compatibility.

Paint Panther Wood stripper gel does not contain Dichloromethane which is now a banned substance. Light scoring of the coated surface may enhance performance, however do not sand if any coats contain lead.


Our wood stripping gel contains corrosive substances and should only be used in a well ventilated area with protective clothing such as gloves and safety glasses or goggles.

When stripping wood floors, furniture and doors, paint a thick coat of wood stripper onto about a square meter at a time and leave for between 5 and 10 minutes before removing the gel. Removal of the wood stripping gel can be done with a scraper or with steel wool. If using steel wool then a good pair of gloves should be worn as wood strippers always contain aggressive stripping chemicals.

If some layers remain on the wooden surface then the process can be repeated as many times as is necessary. Once you feel that you are virtually back to the bare wood then the surface should be washed with white spirit. The one you use depends on the type of paint or varnish being removed but you won't do any harm to try several before you find the most effective one.


As with any corrosive substances such as paint remover or wood strippers, always read the instructions carefully prior to use for guidance and what to do if the product comes into contact with skin or eyes.

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Paint Panther Paint and Varnish Remover reviews - Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars, based on 68 reviews.

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Great stripper
Really pleased with the results from this stripper, easy to use and takes all the old finish off quickly and efficiently.
Total waste of money
I chose this product because of the good reviews it had so I bought it to strip the varnish off a bookcase. I followed the instructions to the letter and put two applications on the bookcase. It did not strip the varnish off at all so I put another application on and this time left it for an hour as other reviewers had recommended to leave it on for longer than the instructions state. It still did not take the varnish off and just left me with a mess. I bought the product as my bookcase is too heavy and cumbersome to take downstairs outside in the garden to sand. I'm now left with a bookcase that looks far worse than before but still has varnish on. From the reviews I think this product may be better for paint stripping but it's useless for varnish stripping. It's been a total waste of my money! The courier service on the other hand was excellent. The tracking was perfect , you can have options to leave the package with a neighbour or somewhere else and are kept informed of your package's progress. I would never buy this product again but I would buy from this company due to the fast , efficient and customer friendly delivery.
Brenda Ross
Did the shop
Had to strip paint and varnish worked well on both. Only advice I would give is be patient after applying to allow the product to work. Made a horrible messy job easier
John Ambrose
Better than average
Panther works better than the average stripper out there but give it time to work is best advice on this product
Stephen Burgess
I purchased this to remove ronseal woodstain from a table top tried sanding at first but it would have took ages this stripped it in no time brilliant stuff great price I would definately buy this again thanks 5 stars Steve from Liverpool
Malcolm Munday
this paint remover is excellent ,it starts to work immediately and leaving it for a short while and the paint came off in sheets
Brian Coley
Service 2nd to none
Stripped varnish Off doors best of any thing whe have used. Tried several well known brands no comparison.
Alison Chase
Had to remove several layers of varnish off a staircase. Although it was still a horrible job,this product cut the time & effort needed by half. Highly recommend.
Annabelle Godwin
Very happy with this product. Certainly does the job.
Paint stripping can be a bore at the best of times. This product worked well, it was better than other products I have used.
Rob S
Worked to level expected from product description
Used to strip a multi painted staircase and bannister. Not totally effective but easily removed top couple of layers. Decided to finish job using heat gun. description of amount required seemed accurate
Dawn Dodson-Webb
Loads better than the old product I always used .
I am stripping a chair prior to shabby chic finish . Product doesn't have the overpowing smell of the run of the mill paint strippers . It's working well & I wouldn't hesitate to use this product again .
Edward Thorne
Does what it say`s
Esay to apply and remove`s varnish with little effort highly recomend this product
Darryl Brand
Better than nitromors
Excellent product,used on metal(alloy) works really fast, only needed to re-apply once.
Jon Harvey
Good product and delivered efficiently
Better than other removers I tried on varnish
Michael Ball
Not nearly as good as I had expected.
Disappointing. Bought to strip an old bedroom door. After five applications and two days work on one side of the door, I still wasn't down to the wood in some places. Did the other side with a hot air stripper in half the time. However, it did work quite well on the bottom layer of old varnish, when used in conjunction with wire wool.
Our feedback:-

I'm sorry to hear that this stripper didn't work well for you. The importance of test areas with products is highlighted here as this would have indicated that this was not the right product for the job. Although Paint Panther will remove nearly all paints and Varnishes, there have been reports of some exceptions. And where this is the case the Peelaway product may work better.
Peter Hughes
Easy and effective.
After using a variety of store bought products, I finally found a product that works.It is easy to apply, fast acting and effective.
A Murphy
Quick and effective - better than some leading brands.
Very efficacious and easy to use. Not as messy as some paint/varnish removers. Certainly not as harsh as others - I used it on varnish - good, clean results.
Robert Webster
Tried others, this was the best.
This product removed more layers of paint than the other strippers I have tried.
Johanna Coyle
BLIMEY!!!! This stuff actually works!!
This is an excellent paint stripper, just one coat took off multiple layers of varnish. I had been used to Nitromors, which is pretty rubbish to be honest, so I wasn't expecting too much success with this one, but I was pleasantly surprised. I used it a sharp filler knife to scrape off the old varnish, and the unit that I used it on looks great. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Excellent product work very well
Really works well I had another product before this that I had to leave for hours and it still didn't do the job. This works very well and quickly

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5 mins
dry time
  • Easy to apply
  • Non-drip Gel Formula
  • Methylene Chloride Free

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